1/20sec @ f/10
300mm, ISO200, 0ev
Evaluative Metering, No Flash
Nikon D300, AF-S 70-300mm 4.5-5.6
At first glance this might look like it was taken in the middle of the night - it was taken 6:17am. The sunrise was in its full flow. The mist was rising perfectly from the surface of the lake. The day was calm and the lake was like a mirror. The colour version of the shot was good but lacked visual impact. Converting it to black and white really helped to give the scene a dark sinister look. The pole sticking out of the dock has a wind sock on it. Due to lack of wind its limp form almost looks like a scythe.
The histogram is something that I cannot live without. It is the most useful thing, both when taking the picture and when doing post-production work. I am going to do a whole post on the histogram for anyone who is interested. For now all you need to know is that it is a graph showing proportions of pixels that are dark and proportions of pixels that are light. By taking the histogram off to the right you can increase pixels to pure white and by taking it to the left you can reduce pixels to pure black. In the case of the photograph in the post I took it off to the left and reduced the forest in the background to black shadows.